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I Love You
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Debuted in The Backyard Show
Music by Traditional
Lyrics by Lee Bernstein
Usage Continued Use
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"I Love You" is a Barney song that wraps up almost every Barney episode or video. The song is a symbol of how Barney loves people deeply and how his friends are like family to him. It made its grand debut in the Barney & The Backyard Gang video, "The Backyard Show". It uses the same tune as "This Old Man". The song's lyrics were penned by Lee Bernstein, and were first published in a book called Piggyback Songs: New Songs Sung to the Tune of Childhood Favorites by Warren Publishing House in 1983, five years before the first Barney video was made. A lawsuit over the song was filed by the publishers in 1993.[1]

Lyrics

I love you, you love me.
We're as happy as can be.
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you,
Won't you say you love me too?

I love you, you love me.
We're a happy family.
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you,
Won't you say you love me too?

I love you, you love me.
We're a happy family.
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you,
Won't you say you love me too?

I love you, you love me,
We're best friends,
Like friends should be
With a great big hug,
And a kiss from me to you,
Won't you say you love me too?

Variations

Trivia

  • The only four Barney videos/shows where "I Love You" wasn't sung are: "Rock with Barney" (although it was an underscore for when Barney came to life, then at the end), "Imagination Island", Barney Live! In New York City (both because of the impending lawsuit), and "Best Fairy Tales" (for unknown reasons). The soundtrack album, Barney's Favorites Vol. 2 also did not have the song, once again due to the lawsuit.
  • Although the song is normally the closing song, it was originally sung near the beginning of the first five Backyard Gang videos.
  • An extended version of "I Love You", sung by Sheena Easton, Take 6, Jeffrey Osborne, Gina, and the First AME Choir of Los Angeles, was included on the Barney's Great Adventure soundtrack, though not in the movie itself.
  • In Barney's Great Adventure and My Family and Me, the song was sung to three verses with the third verse being a reprise of the first.
  • The lyrics as featured in Piggyback Songs differ slightly from that in any Barney material, being only one verse that is similar to the first verse of the Backyard Gang version, except the third and fourth lines are, "Here's a great big kiss and a hug from me to you."[2]

References

  1. Zorn, Eric (January 05, 1993). "Even Barney Has To Face The Music". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  2. Court of Appeals of Indiana. Bernstein v. Glavin. 15 March 2000. FindLaw.com, FindLaw https://caselaw.findlaw.com/in-court-of-appeals/1470509.html
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